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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010), Sofia BUL, rd 11, May-09
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-09-10  Blunderdome: Let's say Topalov wins by drawing an Armageddon game...
May-09-10  reti: I think Anand is preparating to play a Sicilian Defense.
May-09-10  visayanbraindoctor: <parisattack: Not the best game of this match.>

It's a nice game to watch. When every one expects Anand to hunker down and defend his weak b5 pawn, he suddenly sacs it in order to gain tempi to advance his Kingside majority and directly attack the Black King. It bears some thematic similarities to Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924

May-10-10  Atking: <It bears some thematic similarities to Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924> Yeah a classic. Strange enough <visayanbraindoctor> I got the same feeling when I saw how Anand gave up a pawn and his King went to the attack in King side.
May-10-10  Open Defence: funny, I thought this was the best game of the match, an OTB struggle instead of some Rybka line prepared at home...
May-10-10
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  chancho: It was a heck of a game. Can't wait for the next one. The tension will be brutal!
May-10-10  Sacsacmate: <reti: I think Anand is preparating to play a Sicilian Defense.>

I'll be very surprised if Topalov opts for e4...

May-10-10  Ulhumbrus: On 27 e3 Nd5-e7 28 d4 Black can play 28...Bf5 instead of accepting the pawn. A better alternative is the pawn sacrifice 27 e4 Nd5-e7 28 d4 eg 28...Nxd4 29 Nxd4 Rxd4 30 Bc3 Rd6 31 Bb4 Rd4 32 Rc7
May-10-10  Ulhumbrus: 16 Bc3 is more exact than 16 Rab1, because Black cannot play 16...Ba2 at once and after 16...Qf7 17 Rab1 it is too late to play ...Ba2 because with his QB no longer on b2 but on c3, White has then the option of Rb1-b2. On 17...Rb8 18 e3 Rfd8 19 Nd2 Nf5 20 Ne4 gets ready for the pawn advance f4.

After 23...b6 White may have an opportunity to play the plan of e3 followed by the manoeuvre Nf3-d2-e4 eg 24 e3 Nde7 25 Nd2 Bf5 26 Ne4 with f4 to follow

May-10-10  Archswindler: <Ulhumbrus: A better alternative is the pawn sacrifice 27 e4 Nd5-e7 28 d4 eg 28...Nxd4 29 Nxd4 Rxd4 30 Bc3 Rd6 31 Bb4 Rd4 32 Rc7>

31... Rc6 is better for black. 27. e4 offers white nothing. Anand's choice in the game was perfectly reasonable.

May-10-10  Ulhumbrus: On 27 e3 Nd5-e7 28 d4 Black can play 28...Bf5 instead of accepting the pawn. A better alternative is the pawn sacrifice 27 e4 Nd5-e7 28 d4 eg 28...Nxd4 29 Nxd4 Rxd4 30 Bc3 Rd6 31 f4 exf4 32 gxf4 threatening e5.

However an even better alternative may be to play for the plan of e3 followed by Nf3-d2-e4 and f4 earlier, at at least two points

eg 16 Bc3 ( this is more exact than 16 Rab1, because Black cannot play 16...Ba2 at once) 16...Qf7 17 Rab1 (it is too late to play ...Ba2 because with his QB no longer on b2 but on c3, White has then the option of Rb1-b2.) 17...Rb8 18 e3 Rfd8 19 Nd2 Nf5 20 Ne4 getting ready for the pawn advance f4.

Or 24 e3 ( instead of 24 cxb6) Nde7 25 Nd2 Bf5 26 Ne4 with f4 to follow

May-10-10  Archswindler: <Ulhumbrus: A better alternative is the pawn sacrifice 27 e4 Nd5-e7 28 d4 eg 28...Nxd4 29 Nxd4 Rxd4 30 Bc3 Rd6 31 f4 exf4 32 gxf4 threatening e5.>

Black is still better after 32... Rd8. White is a pawn down, with a weakened pawn structure and exposed king. e4-e5 is not a dangerous threat at all.

Avoiding the exchange on f4 with 31... Nc6 is probably even better for black.

Pushing the e-pawn here is just not very positionally sound - all you are doing is creating weaknesses without achieving anything worthwhile.

May-10-10
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  sillybilly47: Well done by V.T. Correct on Smyslov-Ribli. I believe that was a quarter-final match.
May-11-10  Ulhumbrus: On 27 e3 Nd5-e7 28 d4 Black can play 28...Bf5 instead of accepting the pawn. A better alternative is the pawn sacrifice 27 e4 Nd5-e7 28 d4 eg 28...Nxd4 29 Nxd4 Rxd4 30 Bc3 Rd6 31 f4 exf4 32 gxf4 (threatening e5) 32..Rd8 33 Bf3 Rd3 34 Kf2. The assumption that what White either threatens or achieves has to be immediate is of course facile.

However an even better alternative may be to play for the plan of e3 followed by Nf3-d2-e4 and f4 earlier, at at least two points

eg 16 Bc3 ( this is more exact than 16 Rab1, because Black cannot play 16...Ba2 at once) 16...Qf7 17 Rab1 (it is too late to play ...Ba2 because with his QB no longer on b2 but on c3, White has then the option of Rb1-b2.) 17...Rb8 18 e3 Rfd8 19 Nd2 Nf5 20 Ne4 getting ready for the pawn advance f4.

Or 24 e3 ( instead of 24 cxb6) Nde7 25 Nd2 Bf5 26 Ne4 with f4 to follow

May-11-10
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game in three parts:

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfSn...

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE-a...

Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkbJ...

May-11-10  Archswindler: <Ulhumbrus: A better alternative is the pawn sacrifice 27 e4 Nd5-e7 28 d4 eg 28...Nxd4 29 Nxd4 Rxd4 30 Bc3 Rd6 31 f4 exf4 32 gxf4 (threatening e5) 32..Rd8 33 Bf3 Rd3 34 Kf2. The assumption that what White either threatens or achieves has to be immediate is of course facile.>

How are you assessing this position as favouring white? After 34. Kf2, his king is wide open and he is getting crushed after 34... Qd6, threatening ...Qxf4 or ...Qc5+

Black is winning, easily. Your own analysis is far too weak for you to go round calling others' assessments 'facile'.

May-11-10
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  TheAlchemist: <Even before Karpov-Kasparov, didn't Smyslov win against Ribli on a roulette color?>

I think it was Smyslov-Hübner.

May-11-10  saumilzx: Can we expect a Benko gambit from Anand, if 1.d4? Carlsen had played it last year I guess? Chances are that Anand will stick to a slav, and be happy with a draw or find winning chances as the game goes along.
May-11-10  cjgone: First non d-4 opening.. Wish Anand would have won as c4 is considered signficantly more inferior. :D

Maybe either Anand or Topalov will be like hell, this is taking to damn long, time to play a3.

May-13-10  Ulhumbrus: On 27 e3 Nd5-e7 28 d4 Black can play 28...Bf5 instead of accepting the pawn. A better alternative is the pawn sacrifice 27 e4 Nd5-e7 28 d4 eg 28...Nxd4 29 Rc7 and with the possession the seventh rank added to the bishop pair White has too muach for the pawn.

The assumption that what White either threatens or achieves has to be immediate is of course facile. The assumption that this contention has to be based upon analysis is of course facile as well.The assumption that kibitzing is to be judged on the standards of published analysis is of course facile as well. The assumption that one needs to be "strong" in order to describe as facile that which can be described reasonably as facile is of course facile as well.

However an even better alternative may be to play for the plan of e3 followed by Nf3-d2-e4 and f4 earlier, at at least two points

eg 16 Bc3 ( this is more exact than 16 Rab1, because Black cannot play 16...Ba2 at once) 16...Qf7 17 Rab1 (it is too late to play ...Ba2 because with his QB no longer on b2 but on c3, White has then the option of Rb1-b2.) 17...Rb8 18 e3 Rfd8 19 Nd2 Nf5 20 Ne4 getting ready for the pawn advance f4.

Or 24 e3 ( instead of 24 cxb6) Nde7 25 Nd2 Bf5 26 Ne4 with f4 to follow

<archgentleman> Your expressed opinion about the "weakness" of my "analysis" ( my casual kibitzing, in fact) appears to apply largely to your own. The very name which you have chosen, <archswindler> warns one not to believe anything which you may say and that it may be the inversion of what you think really and that you are in fact <archgentleman> wearing a mask. Therefore it seems in order to assume that your real opinion of my kibitzing is as high as your expressed opinion wearing the mask of a kibitzer named <archswindler> is low. In which case I thank you for the compliment of meaning the opposite of what you have stated.

However if you insist that the name of <archswindler> is no mask and your expressed opinions are not an inversion of what you really think, I will then, at your insistence, take your false and ignorant comments at face value. In that case my reply is that I am not inclined to feed trolls, and if you really don't value my comments all that you have to do is to not read them.

May-13-10  Archswindler: <Ulhumbrus: A better alternative is the pawn sacrifice 27 e4 Nd5-e7 28 d4 eg 28...Nxd4 29 Rc7 and with the possession the seventh rank added to the bishop pair White has too muach for the pawn.>

29... Nxf3+ 30. Bxf3 Qd8 31. Bb4 Rd7.

White has nothing worth sacrificing a pawn for. Why are you unable to admit that 27. e4 is not, in fact, a good move?

<However if you insist that the name of archswindler is no mask and your expressed opinions are not an inversion of what you really think, I will then, at your insistence, take your false and ignorant comments at face value. In that case my reply is that I am not inclined to feed trolls, and if you really don't value my comments all that you have to do is to not read them.>

What a load of gibberish. You can't prove your analysis, so you have to resort to name calling? You really are a pompous idiot. Is someone a troll if they point out the holes in your feeble analysis? Pathetic.

I will point out the inaccuracies in your analysis for as long as you keep posting inaccurate analysis as if it were the truth.

Sep-02-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <Nigel Short: Ok, now they are down to a one game match with Topalov playing White. Anand's best chance is now in extra-time, but watch out in case Toppy overpresses in the final game.>

Prophetic :)

Aug-12-11  Ulhumbrus: The purpose of 29 Qb2 may be to prepare, following the opening of the long diagonal ( eg after the move d4) the sacrifice Bxh6 followed by Qxf6. The purpose of some of White's and Black's moves may be to create and answer potential threats such as this one, threats which are like the parts of icebergs submerged below the surface.
Oct-26-15  Hawkman: < Open Defence: funny, I thought this was the best game of the match, an OTB struggle instead of some Rybka line prepared at home... > Agreed, this was a great game and 1 d4 all the time gets boring. The English Opening has become more popular among the top GMs in the 5 years since this match was played. Carlsen hasn't lost with it since Wang Hao Norway Chess Tournament (2013).
Dec-26-17
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZL....
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